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Liberal Democrats select prospective candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 16th March 2019 at 6:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of prospective parliamentary candidates (l-r): Louise Harris, Claire Young and Dine Romero.

Liberal Democrat members in South Gloucestershire have selected their prospective candidates for the Filton and Bradley Stoke (FaBS) and Kingswood parliamentary constituencies, after re-selecting Claire Young in January to fight Thornbury and Yate.

Louise Harris, councillor for the South Gloucestershire ward of Dodington, was selected for Filton and Bradley Stoke, whilst Dine Romero, Lib Dem group leader on Bath and North East Somerset Council, will contest Kingswood.

Louise said: “It’s a great honour to become the candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke. I’m looking forward to speaking about Lib Dem priorities and values in the area. We know that South Gloucestershire and the country have been let down by the Conservatives on education, the NHS, local services and Brexit, and I’m eager to listen to residents about their concerns.”

Dine said: “The Kingswood constituency is an area with two stories. There are areas of new development here with a commuting population who will be feeling very nervous about their jobs as we approach Brexit day, and there is another group living with deprivation in their community who want answers to Conservative austerity. The Lib Dems demand better than Brexit, which will only make that struggle worse.”

Claire Young added: “I’m delighted to stand alongside a team of talented women for the Lib Dems for the second election in a row. Voting Lib Dem here is a positive choice against the usual disappointing palate of bland politicos that will fill the Conservative and Labour tickets. Across our area, people are starting to demand better from Westminster, and I know Louise and Dine can provide it.”

Related link: South Glos Liberal Democrats

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 31). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Jack Lopresti holds FaBS but has majority halved

Posted on Friday 9th June 2017 at 7:43 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

Conservative Jack Lopresti has retained his Filton and Bradley Stoke (FaBS) parliamentary seat but with a much reduced majority of 8.2 percent, compared to 20.0 percent in 2015. His share of the total votes cast was 50.0 percent (46.7 percent in 2015).

Labour’s candidate Naomi Rylatt finished second with a 41.7 percent share of the vote, significantly up from the 26.6 percent her predecessor Ian Boulton achieved in 2015.

The Liberal Democrats’ share of the vote dropped from 7.3 percent in 2015 to 6.0 percent, while the Green Party’s share fell from 4.6 percent to 2.3 percent.

UKIP did not field a candidate. Their prospective candidate, Ben Walker, who polled 14.8 percent of the vote in 2015, had said it would have been “wrong” to stand  … “and potentially affect the result, knowing that [Mr Lopresti] has now given his commitment to Brexit”.

The turnout was 70.2 percent, compared to 68.9 percent in 2015.

Full result:

  1. Jack Lopresti (Conservative) 25,339 [+3.3%]
  2. Naomi Rylatt (Labour) 21,149 [+15.1%]
  3. Eva Fielding (Liberal Democrats) 3,052 [-1.3%]
  4. Diana Warner (Green Party) 1,162 [-2.3%]

* Percentages are percentage point changes in vote share compared to 2015

Photo: Archive image of Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

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Jack Lopresti retains Filton and Bradley Stoke seat with increased majority

Posted on Friday 8th May 2015 at 7:38 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti (centre) makes a speech after retaining the Filton and Bradley Stoke parliamentary seat in the 2015 general election.

Conservative Jack Lopresti has retained his Filton and Bradley Stoke parliamentary seat with an increased majority of 20.0 percent, compared to 14.3 percent in 2010.

Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton finished second with a 26.6 percent share of the vote, slightly up from the 26.4 percent he polled in 2010.

Ben Walker, the UKIP candidate, finished in third place, on 14.8 percent.

The Liberal Democrats’ share of the vote crashed from 25.3 percent in 2010 to 7.3 percent, while the Green Party’s share improved from 0.9 percent to 4.6 percent.

The result was announced at around 5.45am, following a longer than expected count in a very chilly main sports hall at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE campus in Stoke Gifford.

The Press Association had earlier published an expected result time of 2.30am, but the initial process of separating the three different types of ballot paper (for parliamentary, district and town/parish elections), which had all been placed into the same ballot boxes at polling stations, had not even been completed by that time.

The turnout was 69.0 percent, compared to 70.0 percent in 2010.

Full result:

  • Jack Lopresti (Conservative) 22,920
  • Ian Boulton (Labour) 13,082
  • Peter Bruce (Liberal Democrats) 3,581
  • Ben Walker (UKIP) 7,261
  • Diana Warner (Green Party) 2,257

Focus now turns to the district and town election counts, which take place from 2pm this afternoon (Friday 8th May) in Thornbury. Results are expected to be announced by “late afternoon/early evening”.

Photo: Jack Lopresti makes a speech after being declared the winner.

Related link: Video of the official result announcement (BSJ Facebook)

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Church gives local people a chance to grill their major party candidates

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 12:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Election Forum in Bradley Stoke on Sunday 12th April 2015.

From healthcare to the economy, crime and employment – residents from Bradley Stoke and the surrounding areas will get the chance to quiz some of their local parliamentary candidates on the issues that matter to them at an election forum on Sunday 12th April.

Local candidates from the five main political parties will be taking part in a hustings event at Bradley Stoke Community School from 7.30pm to 9pm, hosted by Bridge Community Church.

To make the event more accessible, people are being offered the opportunity to submit their questions online beforehand. Questions will also be taken from the audience on the evening itself.

Dotun Olowoporoku of Bridge Community Church, Bristol.

Hosted by local businessman and Bridge Community Church member Dotun Olowoporoku, the forum will give people in the community a chance to meet Conservative candidate Jack Lopresti, Labour candidate Ian Boulton, Liberal Democrat candidate Peter Bruce, Green Party candidate Dr Diana Warner and UKIP candidate Ben Walker and hear their views on major issues that are important to people living in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency.

Host Dotun said:

“Being able to have a meaningful debate like this is so exciting because, here in the UK, our democracy, with all its flaws, is far more mature and sophisticated than the democracy in Nigeria, where I was born.”

“The candidates will answer questions on areas which are important to us locally. Issues such as jobs, education and immigration don’t just affect our individual lives but our life as a community and nation.”

“We want to use our vote wisely and want to hear what each party has got to say before we make our decision.”

The hustings is being hosted by Bridge Community Church and supported by local churches Christ the King in Bradley Stoke and St Chad’s in Patchway.

More: How to submit your question online before the meeting »

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